Do you have something that you no longer need but that could be useful to someone else? If so, you may wish to consider passing it on instead of sending it to landfill. Some examples of how to turn your trash into treasure can be found here.
You can find reuse shops at the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the district. Unwanted items can be taken to the shop where staff will gratefully accept them if they feel they can be sold to raise money for Age UK.
Please note that there are vehicle and trailer restrictions in place at Household Waste Recycling Centres.
There are three charities offering collection within the district:
British Heart Foundation – Offers a nationwide collection service. Bookings can be made over the phone or online.
Roundabout – Based at Blackminster near Evesham, the charity distributes items to those on low incomes or who have experienced devastation, as well as selling items through its shop. In our district, it covers west and south of a line drawn from Shipston-on-Stour up through Halford to Wellesbourne, then diagonally west to Henley-in-Arden and across to north Redditch. The charity will visit places outside this area provided it considers the journey is cost effective.
Shakespeare Hospice – Has a shop in Stratford. Now covers the district for collections, as a second shop in Kenilworth has been added, which covers the Southam area.
There are a number of local voluntary community reuse schemes set up to benefit disadvantaged people by redistributing refurbished furniture. They provide free collection of reusable furniture and household items.
There are also nationwide not-for-profit community reuse sites such as Freecycle, where you can offer your unwanted items for free.
Local charity shops are always on the lookout for items that can be resold to raise money for worthy causes. Sacks are often delivered to households for any unwanted items, such as clothes, shoes and textiles.
Independent charity textile and shoe banks can be found at a number of locations across the district, such as car parks and supermarkets.
Local car boot sales are ideal opportunities for passing on lots of items that you no longer need. Information on car boot sales can be found online or in local newspapers.
Place an advert in a local newspaper or in the village shop or supermarket.
The above is just a small list of possibilities that you may wish to pursue; other charities and community reuse websites are available. Or perhaps you could recycle your unwanted items to create something new.
For further information, please contact the Streetscene team: